News: After Ma$e's Comments, DJ Khaled Defends "Pac/B.I.G" Ode & Compares Rick Ross To Slain Rap Icons
Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013 12:25PM
Miami's DJ Khaled has stepped forward to clear the air on what motivated him to put together an ode-driven track called "I Feel Like Pac, I Feel Like Biggie" with some of hip-hop's top heavyweights.
According to Khaled, fellow producer Swizz Beatz is largely responsible for helping piece together the hard-hitting anthem.
"When I made 'I Feel Like Pac/ I Feel Like Biggie' me and Swizz was in the studio and I played Swizz the beat and I gave him a vision of who I wanted to be on the record. Swizz came up with this hook: 'I feel like 'Pac,' " Khaled told MTV News when we took a trip to his North Miami recording studio. "That chemistry with me and Swizz was amazing when we were cooking that, but at the same time I couldn't have put just any rapper on that record so I put Ross, I put Meek and I put T.I.," he said of how he decided to put on the verses. (MTV)
Khaled also stood behind adding Maybach Music Group head Rick Ross to the thumping record.
"Ross is one of the biggest rappers in the game and one of the hardest gangsta rappers in the game and that's what Biggie and 'Pac was," said Khaled. "And then you got T.I., another brother from the south who's one of the hardest rappers in the game and in and out of jail, going through so much sh--. If you really look at T.I.'s story, he done been through a lot of sh--, as well as Ross. (MTV)
Former Bad Boy Records star Ma$e appeared to take aim at the track's release with an Instagram comment this week.
"N*ggas sold u out BIG. I hate the way your legacy has been watered down. I don't have to be from Bk. Let him rest. #respect," Ma$e wrote on an Instagram post of the late music icon. (Ma$e's Instagram)
Khaled's star-studded song premiered online a couple days ago.
DJ Khaled celebrates greatness on his star-studded anthem "I Feel Like Pac/I Feel Like Biggie." The Miami DJ enlists Rick Ross, T.I., Meek Mill, Swizz Beatz, and Puff Daddy for the Beat Bully-produced cut off his upcoming album Suffering From Success. "How you gonna compare yourself to greatness if you ain't ready to be great, man?" asks Diddy on the motivational record. Due Oct. 22, Khaled's album also features collaborations with J. Cole, Wale, Future, 2 Chainz, John Legend, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, and more. (Rap-Up)
Check out "I Feel Like Pac, I Feel Like Biggie":